In response to more than 36 reported illnesses in 17 states, Fratelli Beretta USA Inc. has recalled nearly 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products for possible Salmonella Typhimurium and Infantis contamination.
According to a CDC outbreak report, “epidemiologic data show that Fratelli Beretta brand prepackaged uncured antipasto trays may be contaminated with Salmonella and may be making people sick.”
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that the company was recalling double 12-ounce packages (24-ounce trays) of Fratelli Beretta uncured prosciutto, soppressata, Milano salami, and coppa shipped to retailers nationwide. According to the FDA, the trays were produced between February 28 and August 15 of this year, and the illness onset dates ranged from May 9 through July 27, 2021.
An FDA investigation found that 88% of those who became ill had eaten a variety of Italian-style meats, with 15 of the 22 that had eaten these products connected to the Fratelli Beretta prepackaged uncured antipasto trays.
The products carry the UPC number 073541305316, with “EST. 7543B” printed on the packaging next to the “best by” date.
Costco posted a recall for the trays on its website last week after learning its customers were among those affected. In the letter to Costco members, company president Simone Bocchini noted that the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, due to possible Salmonella exposure. The statement further warned that consumers should not eat the product and return it to their local Costco.
Fratelli Beretta did not respond to emails or calls asking for a statement.